‘Hound Dog’: Alhambra presents week of Elvis Photo

Treat your Valentine to the Travis LeDoyt: America’s Best Young Elvis Show on Feb. 14 at the Alhambra Theatre. Tickets are expected to sell out, officials said.

Back in the 1950s and 60s, crowds would get “All Shook Up” watching Elvis Presley perform on stage.

Alhambra Theatre patrons may want to wear their “Blue Suede Shoes” all week starting Sunday with several events planned to honor “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and his film career.

“We’re trying all week to get into Elvis,” said Margaret Prim, executive director of the Pennyroyal Arts Council. “We have a lot of memorabilia throughout the theater that some collectors have let us use and some places to take some pictures.”

Prim said patrons can start Elvis Week with a double feature of two of his films Sunday afternoon at 507 S. Main St., downtown Hopkinsville.

“If you want to get in the groove for Elvis, we’re showing two of his most popular movies,” Prim said. “We’re showing ‘Blue Hawaii’ at 2 o’clock and ‘Viva Las Vegas’ at 4 p.m. (at the Alhambra).”

In “Blue Hawaii,” after being discharged from the U.S. Army, cool guy Chadwick Gates (Presley) returns home to Hawaii. The flick features several songs including “Beach Boy Blues, “Rock-A-Hula Baby” and “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” The movie is rated PG and there is a $5 admission.

Immediately following at 4 p.m. will be “Viva Las Vegas,” featuring the title track and “Today, Tomorrow and Forever,” a duet with Ann-Margret. In the movie, musically-gifted race driver Lucky Jackson (Presley) wants in Las Vegas to score enough money for a new car motor so he can win the Grand Prix. The movie is rated PG and there is a $5 admission.

On Valentine’s Day, the arts council features Travis LeDoyt: America’s Best Young Elvis Show at the theater.

“This is the young Elvis and he is touted as the world’s best (portrayal),” Prim said of LeDoyt. “He’s got a wide berth of Elvis (hits), but he portrays Elvis in his prime in the 50s and 60s.”

A “Teddy Bear” of a performer, LeDoyt has been on tour portraying Elvis for a while. According to a release, LeDoyt captures the essence of Elvis in his prime — specializing in the 1954-1959 years. He performs a one- to two-hour historic concert tribute with his band.

“In fact, a lot of people who are coming to the theater have seen him other places. I’ve seen him in person,” Prim said. “He does a young Elvis, so you’re going to expect a fun, energetic show.”

Couples, friends and family members can make some “Memories” on this “One Night” at the Travis LeDoyt: America’s Best Young Elvis Show. “Don’t Be Cruel” to your spouse or significant other and forget because “It’s Now or Never” to get tickets for the Feb. 14 show. Prim said tickets are expected to sell out.

Tickets are $45 for adults; $25 for active-duty military; $15 for students at the theater box office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, by calling 270-887-4295 or visiting https://tickets.vendini.com/.

“We planned to do this evening on Valentine’s Day to give everyone something to do that evening,” Prim said. “I think you’ll expect to have a really good time.”

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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